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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22.02.19: The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by Leicestershire County Council. In the council’s revamped Prospectus for Growth handed out...

New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21.02.19: A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing more than 25 years’ worth of experience to the industry, Shepherd will focus on all elements of...

CAF commences design and engineering on DMUs for Wales and Borders franchise

CAF commences design and engineering on DMUs for Wales and Borders franchise

21.02.19: Spanish rail manufacturer CAF has announced it is beginning the design and engineering work for the highly-anticipated Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) for the Wales and Borders franchise. Being built at the company’s facility in Newport...

East West Rail makes ‘powerful case’ for direct services from Ipswich and Norwich to Oxford

East West Rail makes ‘powerful case’ for direct services from Ipswich and Norwich to Oxford

20.02.19: A direct rail link between Ipswich, Norwich and Oxford could unlock £17.5bn for the East Anglia community, according to a case for investment from the East West Rail Consortium (EWRC). A new report publishing by the consortium outline...

Shepton Mallet railway station and services could be restored under new vision

Shepton Mallet railway station and services could be restored under new vision

20.02.19: National rail services could be restored to a Somerset town after the local authority unveiled a new vision for the rail route. Shepton Mallet’s current nearest mainline station is Castle Cary which is over seven miles away, but new s...

Former Carillion Rail boss appointed to lead Amey’s rail business

Former Carillion Rail boss appointed to lead Amey’s rail business

20.02.19: The former managing director of Carillion Rail has been appointed as the new head of Amey’s rail business. Andy Joy will take on the role of sector director at Amey’s rail business after previously holding the role of managing d...

‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19.02.19: Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot’s planned closure in parliament. A delegation of Unite representatives and some of the dep...

South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19.02.19: Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the long-running dispute over guards on trains. RMT members were due to walk out this Friday and agai...

MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19.02.19: More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was coordinated by rail giant Alstom, states that the cross-party MPs will also support the creation of...

ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

18.02.19: ScotRail’s new Hitachi electric trains are to be rolled out across Glasgow as the operator extends its £475m investment into rolling stock in the wake of its second improvement notice in two months from the government. The new c...

40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

18.02.19: Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year. Concerns were raised at a meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and passengers have e...

Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

18.02.19: Train operators have called for a major reform of the rail fare system which would scrap peak and off-peak ticket pricing and support the rollout of ‘tap-in, tap-out’ travel nationwide. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) called its p...

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

15.02.19: The capacity on West Norfolk’s trains is set to double after funding for an extension of trains running between Lynn and Cambridge has been given government approval. Political and business leaders have been calling for eight-coach tr...

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

15.02.19: A new taller sea wall is to be built at Dawlish as the DfT announced that up to £80m is being made available to build it – five years on from the storms which wreaked havoc on the rail line. Around £40m was spent by Networ...

RAIB warns Network Rail over safety recommendations following another near miss

RAIB warns Network Rail over safety recommendations following another near miss

14.02.19: The RAIB has written to Network Rail again following an investigation into an incident where two workers walking along the track on the East Coast Main Line were narrowly missed by a train after an undetected planning mistake. The near miss...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transpor... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the even... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in ... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >